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7 Jun, 2014

PM Modi’s silence on some issues has certainly been perplexing – Hindustan Times

What’s happened in Pune is in some ways even more spine-chilling. Morphed online photographs of Bal Thackeray and Chhatrapati Shivaji resulted in communal friction and street protests in the city. Soon after, Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh — a computer engineer still in his twenties and in no ways connected to the circulation of these photographs — was beaten to death for being Muslim. His friend, Riyaz, said they were returning from offering prayers at the local mosque when Mohsin was singled out and targeted because he was wearing a skull cap.

Police say the suspects behind this brutality — Mohsin was thrashed with sticks — are members of an ultra-Right-wing group called the Hindu Rashtra Sena. Its supporters have since been accused of exchanging congratulatory text messages about the murder of this young man, describing it as the successful falling of a ‘first wicket’. The same group was also seen to be behind the assassination of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

Read the rest: PM’s silence on some issues has certainly been perplexing – Hindustan Times.